10 December 2020

Karnataka passed anti-cow slaughter bill amid opposition parties boycott and walkout. Post-riots Delhi: Fearing Arrest, Muslim Men Flee Home; Women Left to Run Families.




Karnataka passed anti-cow slaughter bill amid opposition parties boycott and walkout

Bengaluru, Amid a din in the Assembly Karnataka the government passed the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill - 2020 on Wednesday popularly known as anti-cow slaughter Bill in the state.The moment the Bill was introduced by Haj, Wakf and Animal Husbandry minister Prabhu Chauhan Congress MLAs led by leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (S) legislators led by JD(S) state president, H. K. Kumarswamy trooped into the well of the House in protest.They alleged the Bill was not discussed for tabling in the Business Advisory Committee meeting, but this charge was vehemently denied by the Speaker, Vishweshwara Hegde Kaageri.Taking serious objection to the ruling BJP introducing and passage of the Bill without being mentioned in the Agenda, Leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah termed it as an anti-Constitutional step that has forced the Congress to boycott the Legislature session from today onwards even as the JD(S) staged a walkout opposing the decision.IANS



Post-riots Delhi: Fearing Arrest, Muslim Men Flee Home; Women Left to Run Families

As lockdown restrictions ease and hustle and bustle in the North East region of Delhi resume, communal tensions continue to stay rife and an atmosphere of fear prevails on the small, narrow lanes of Khajuri Khas, which was hit by riots. On the Nov. 27, middle-aged Mehboob Alam was arrested from his home on lane no. 29 by plain-clothed men on charges of rioting. The arrest and the atmosphere of fear have driven many men to move out of the lane and even the area altogether with several fleeing the city. Over 20 families are now living without male members who were bread-winners, with women and children having to fend for themselves. Alam’s arrest was one of the recent cases. However, ongoing arrests both before and after the lockdown have triggered the men to leave their homes. The Hindu reported that from March 22 to mid-April, around 25 to 30 arrests were made in the violence-affected, Muslim-majority areas of Northeast Delhi. Indian Express reported a total of 802 arrests, of which at least 50 were made during the lockdown. But some accounts peg the figure much higher at around six to seven arrests every day. Earlier this year, DMC had issued a notice to Delhi Police Commissioner S. N. Shrivastava on the grounds that police officers have been “arresting young Muslim boys by the dozens every single day” from North East district, and that the arrests have continued even after the lockdown.Residents of the area alleged that video evidence was being manipulated to keep the community in check and to arrest several people. Due to these arrests, fear looms large in the area with local residents questioning the intentions of Delhi Police controlled by Union Ministry of Home Affairs. They have alleged that random persons were being incriminated in the Delhi riots cases citing remote links with the some incident. ‘At least I know he is alive’Speaking to NewsClick, Parveen, whose husband had left 20 days ago, said, “There is nothing but fear driving us; we feel if so much has happened to us, even our houses were burnt down, now maybe they will take our husbands away and instead, of giving them justice, they (police) may charge them in the case of burning their own houses and inciting riots.”


Delhi riots: Court grants bail to man, says penal section invoked debatable

A Delhi court Tuesday granted bail to a man in a case related to northeast Delhi riots, saying one of the offences under which he was booked is “debatable”.While granting the relief to Furkan, Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat said that section 436 of IPC was applicable in a case of mischief in respect of destruction of a building, which was ordinarily used as a place of worship, human dwelling or as a place for the custody of property, but the vehicle which was allegedly burnt by the riotous mob was parked at a road.The court further said that besides section 436, rest of the sections under which Furkan has been booked were bailable.“From the reading of the complaint itself and FIR, the vehicle in question, which was burnt by fire, was parked at a road. The same is also depicted in the site plan, where the place of incident is marked as A, which appears to be on the road, though adjacent to a house. Consequently, the applicability of section 436 IPC to the present case is debatable,” the court said in its order.


HC quashes detention under NSA of anti-Dalit violence accused

Allahabad High Court on Monday quashed a detention order under stringent National Security Act and directed forthwith release of the detenue. A bench of justices Pritinker Diwaker and P K Srivastava ordered the release of detenue Javed Siddiqui, arrested under NSA allegedly for triggering violence against Dalits in Jaunpur district early this year. The bench ordered "forthwith release" of Siddiqui, saying that the detention order against him was passed in undue haste by the executive authority. The court quashed NSA detention order on a habeas corpus plea by Javed Siddiqui, a Jaunpur-based politician. "It is evident from the record that while extraordinary haste was shown in taking action against the petitioner, the authorities remained reluctant and there was complete inaction on their part causing an unjustified delay in processing the detenue''s representation against his detention under the NSA,” the bench said in its order. The bench added that while exercising its power under a stringent law like NSA, the executive authority must exercise its powers with extreme care, which was lacking in the case of detention of Siddiqui.




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